New Scenic On Sale From 1st August | Part Two

The most advanced technology in the compact-MPV class

Continuing the introduction of the totally Hands-Free Renault Card, New Scénic introduces technology never before seen in the compact-MPV sector, making life easier for its owner thanks to automatic unlocking, locking and ignition.

Like the New Mégane before it, New Scénic uses proximity sensors to detect the presence of the Renault Card on the owner’s person, whether in a pocket or handbag, and unlocks the required door once the user touches the door handle.

Once inside the user only needs to press the starter button to fire up the engine, again thanks to proximity sensors detecting the presence of the Renault Card.

This second-generation hands-free system compliments the original Renault Card also fitted to New Scénic – plus all Mégane, Laguna and Vel Satis – which contains lock and unlock buttons and has to be inserted into the dashboard before the engine can be started.

Fitted as standard on all top-of-the-range Scénic Privilège and a £250 option on all other Scénic versions, Renault is the only manufacturer to offer hands-free access and ignition as standard on its compact-MPV. Mercedes-Benz offers this feature as a £950 option.

Also a totally new innovation for the compact-MPV sector is the introduction of the automatic parking brake freeing up space between the front seats usually taken up by a traditional handbrake. All New Scénics – except the entry-level Authentique - benefit from the electronic parking brake which disengages automatically once the system senses the car developing enough torque to pull away. The brake also automatically engages when the engine is switched off. However the brake can be engaged manually by pulling a lever set into the dash for when the car is stopped a traffic lights or is making a hill start, for example.

Bringing new thinking and new technology to the sector other features include sliding centre console unit, automatic headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers, integrated F1-style fuel filler cap, ESP with ASR traction control and CSV understeer control, tyre pressure monitoring and Xenon headlamps with speed function which varies the height and depth of the beam depending on the speed of the car.

continues... | Part Three
Published 20 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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